Three Years After Capitol Attack, Congressional Tri-Caucus Stands Strong
On January 6, we commemorate the three-year anniversary of the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Congressional Tri-Caucus, consisting of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), release a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to democracy and the rights of communities of color.
The Tri-Caucus Chairs – Rep. Judy Chu (CAPAC), Rep. Steven Horsford (CBC), and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CHC) – emphasize the importance of a democracy that works for everyone. They condemn the spread of lies, corruption, and attempts to overturn electoral results through violence.
A Call-Back to the Past
Reflecting on the events of January 6, 2021, the Tri-Caucus Chairs draw parallels to the darkest moments in American history. They identify the attack as an attempt to silence communities of color and allow an electoral loser to hold onto power.
However, the Chairs commend the incredible valor of law enforcement and the pro-democracy leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer in thwarting this criminal conspiracy. They also highlight the Tri-Caucus’s role in publicizing the findings of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack, shedding light on the subversion of the 2020 election.
Pursuing Accountability and Protecting Democracy
The Tri-Caucus acknowledges that while some insurrectionists have been held accountable, there are leaders and co-conspirators who remain free, even running for public office or serving in public office. They express concern over the assault on voting rights across the country and the threat it poses to democracy.
To address these challenges, the Tri-Caucus commits to supporting law enforcement efforts and advocating for federal legislation to protect voting rights. They specifically mention the Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as crucial measures to safeguard every American’s voice.
Standing Strong for Democracy
Rep. Doris Matsui, a member of CAPAC, echoes the Tri-Caucus’s sentiments, emphasizing the consequences of former President Trump’s false claims and demagoguery. She pays tribute to the lives lost and the importance of defending and strengthening democracy.
Matsui commits to the ongoing work of enhancing the democratic process, ensuring accessibility, participation, and efficacy for all Americans.
As we reflect on the events of January 6, let us remember the significance of defending democracy and preserving the rights of all communities. Together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive nation.
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